06 Jul 2022

Laois village appeals for help to make the scarecrow cough up for community centre

Laois village appeals for  help to make the scarecrow cough up for community centre

Enjoying a a cuppa at a Festival past.

An appeal to the people of Durrow and surrounds to get involved with the Durrow Scarecrow Festival has been issued so the the event helps to raise vital funds to put plans for a community centre back on the rails.

The Durrow Development Forum which runs the event is really looking forward to seeing all the amazing entries for this year’s All Ireland Scarecrow Championship, as year by year, the creativity just gets better and better.

"After two years away, we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our beautiful Georgian village, for nine full days of family fun," the say.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival, which takes place in the Laois, from July 24th to August 1st  2022, is run by a dedicated voluntary committee and all money raised by the event is reinvested into the community.

The committee say this year's event is extra important as a big local project hit by the pandemic depends on a 2022 sucess.

"These funds have helped shape Durrow into the beautiful attraction that it is today. Over the past number of years we have undertaken a huge project, which involved the renovation of the old ICA Hall (former Methodist Church) and the construction of  a new Community  Centre, on Patrick Street, which we hope will be of huge benefit to all local clubs, organisations, businesses and individuals, with meeting areas and affordable office spaces, all part of the long term plan.

"Like most ventures, finances are key to success, and the loss of anticipated revenue from two cancelled festivals in 2020 and 2021 has really taken a toll. Subsequently we have been unable to provide funds to meet grant criteria’s and have missed out on what would have been huge financial support. Coupled with this, the huge increase in material costs over the past couple of years, has seen the entire project come to a halt. 

"Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2022 is crucial to getting the building of our Community Centre back on track, and we really need your help! As soon as one Scarecrow Festival finishes, we begin planning and building towards the following year’s event, such is the amount of preparatory work involved. This year, with so much uncertainty as to whether or not the event could actually take place, due to the pandemic situation, we are really short on time, and are appealing to all locals to help us out. 

"We need scarecrows, and lots of them, so we are reaching out and asking all households and businesses to please partake and make at least one scarecrow for the upcoming event. Whatever the entertainment and events on offer, it is the sight of a picturesque village inhabited by countless weird, wacky and wonderful scarecrow creations that truly sets our festival apart, and continues to attract visitors in their thousands," concludes the appeal.

For more on the festival go to the website here

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